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Free As A Bird (John Lennon/Beatles cover)
by Lucius
From an session the band did for French radio station OÜI FM
Lucius cover a previously unreleased John Lennon track that the remaining Beatles recorded after his death.

Free As A Bird was written and recorded as a demo by John Lennon in 1977.

After Lennon's death, McCartney, Harrison and Ringo Starr originally intended to record some incidental background music (as a trio) for their Anthology project, but wanted to record new songs. The Beatles had always agreed that if one of them did not agree with something the idea would be vetoed, so the only way they could reunite musically as The Beatles was if Lennon could be on the recording.

Paul McCartney asked Lennon's widow Yoko Ono for any unreleased material by Lennon, and she gave him cassette tapes of four songs. "Free as a Bird" was recorded by Lennon in 1977, in his and Ono's Dakota building apartment in New York City, but was not complete. Lennon introduced the song on the cassette by imitating a New York accent and saying, "Free - as a boid" (bird). The other songs were Grow Old With Me, Real Love, and Now and Then.

Ono said: "It was all settled before then, I just used that occasion to hand over the tapes personally to Paul. I did not break up The Beatles, but I was there at the time, you know? Now I'm in a position where I could bring them back together and I would not want to hinder that. It was kind of a situation given to me by fate."

So "Free as a Bird" was chosen as being the song all three remaining Beatles could be involved in, as they could finish the arrangement and write extra lyrics. Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra was asked to co-produce the record as he had worked with George Harrison as part of The Traveling Wilburys.

Beatles version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZClS79egCM
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